SONGBIRD Diana “Mangwenya” Samkange reckons she is now making real progress after being invited to headline an end of year Bira in Cape Town, South Africa.
The event, which is set to attract a cosmopolitan crowd, will be held this evening in Kensington at Dj’s Bar Marshall Cape Town.
South Africa based music promoter Mistopher Ncube is behind the gig which is also set to feature Zimbabwean crooner Simba Saini and along with resident wheel-spinners.
In an interview with H-Metro, “Mangwenya” was ecstatic after being invited to headline the event.
“As an artiste, I feel humbled and honoured to be headlining this Bira.
“As someone who is into Afro contemporary music, I will play songs which suits the occasion,” said Mangwenya.
“We expect everybody to come because a Bira ceremony is free for all despite colour, race or tribe.
“Career wise, I feel it now makes sense as people have showed me that they have faith in my stuff.”
In another interview, show organiser – Mistopher – said Mangwenya deserves to be honoured for her hard work.
“We are holding our event on the 31st of December, its a Bira concept.
“We have decided to come up with this concept for a difference.
“Its a musical show for the mature people concept,” he said.
Asked why they chose Mangwenya, he added:
“Vanhu vaneta ne Zimdance hall and vamwe vanhu vakuru they can’t go kuma zimdancehall events.”
Similar sentiment were echoed by Saini who has settled well in Cape Town.
“I believe that Diana is the next big thing and some promoters are too blind to see that right now.
“She has some hit songs which l have already listened to and have shared some of her music with some fans here in Cape Town they loved her music.
“We are targeting the old matured crowd which understands bira, jazz, afro pop and sungura type of music,” said Saini.
“Diana is also one of the most consistent female artistes and she has matured a lot over the years and defiantly I know Capetonians are in for a treat and this is the show which will bring our people together as a lot of them have missed home due to different challenges so it Will be like home has come to them through this Bira.”
Saini urged Zimbabweans to remain united and have pride in their own talented artistes.
“To our fellow Zimbabweans please let’s keep on supporting our local artistes as it is the only way of putting our country on the global map and it’s good for us as a country when we are proud of our own,” he added.